How to Recognize Mold

mold removal greenville, mold damage greenvilleIt’s usually black, spotty, and looks a little strange. However, for most of us, the extent of our mold detection abilities stop at a 7th-grade science experiment. Recognizing mold isn’t difficult when a teacher describes exactly what to look for, but when mold hides behind walls or comes in a hard-to-spot color, the task isn’t quite so easy. This article is meant for those who suspect mold in their Greenville home and need a little extra direction.

What it Looks Like

Molds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Ranging from orange and yellow to blue and black, mold colors depend on location and composition. Mold is made up of microscopic organisms that are found everywhere—indoors and out. Uncontrolled microbial growth lends itself to a patch of mold.

Black mold is most common in homes, businesses, and schools. The fungus feeds off moisture to survive. Because of this, it appears slimy, greenish-black and spotted. If you’re able to see a good portion of the mold, it will appear as a fuzzy patch of black dots. Black mold is most commonly found in bathrooms under sinks, near bathtubs, at caulk lines, and in the shower.

What it Smells Like

Due to high moisture levels in these areas, mold has a distinct smell. It’s musty, earthy, and pungent. If you’re having a hard time trusting your nose, it’s best to assume mold growth and call a professional to check it out. Since the number of mold spores directly contributes to the strength of the smell, a faint musty odor is an evidence that the mold hasn’t spread too much yet. It’s best to take care of the problem with a mold removal service quickly because these spores are small enough that they can be inhaled deep into lungs. Respiratory problems are more likely to occur in infants, the elderly, and those with allergies or already-existing respiratory challenges

Non-Visual Cues

If mold isn’t visible to the eye and you suspect a growth, it’ll be important to pay attention to non-visual signs. Physical signs including difficulty breathing, excessive coughing and sneezing could be evidence of mold. If more than one person experiences these symptoms without apparent reason, the mold may be the behind-the-scenes culprit.

More severe physical responses include redness and itching to the eyes, excessive fatigue, cold symptoms, and even impaired concentration. Mold isn’t a problem that can be brushed under the rug and dreamed away. It takes a qualified professional to tackle the problem.

Aside from health challenges, structural damage is a red flag for mold. Weakened beams, softened drywall, quickly rotting wooden structures, and loosened cabinetry are some leading signs to watch for.

If you’ve spotted mold in your Greenville home (or suspect mold growth), contact ACC Cleaning and Restoration in for a quality mold removal job. Mold can be dangerous to health, cause damage to the home, and be more difficult to get rid of with time. Give us a call for a thorough mold removal process.

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